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Martha Nussbaum addresses importance of liberal arts

Jan. 13, 2011

Photo of Martha Nussbaum.KALAMAZOO--Author and philosopher Dr. Martha Nussbaum will make her case for the importance of the liberal arts at all levels of education in two presentations Thursday, Jan. 27, at Western Michigan University.

From 3 to 5 p.m. in Room 157 of the Bernhard Center, Nussbaum, the Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago Law School, will discuss her book, "Not for Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities" (Princeton University Press). The event is free and open to the public. Registration is recommended at wmich.edu/humanities.

At 8 p.m. in Room 2008 of the Richmond Center, she will give a lecture from her current book project on politics and emotion. The focus of her lecture will be Mozart's opera, "The Marriage of Figaro," and her topic will be "Equality and Love at the End of The Marriage of Figaro: Forging Democratic Emotions." A reception will follow in the Richmond Center lobby.

Dr. Dan Jacobson, WMU professor of music, will give a pre-lecture talk at 7 p.m., also in 2008 Richmond Center, on Mozart and the opera, with video clips from performances of "The Marriage of Figaro." Coincidentally, Jan. 27 is Mozart's birthday.

Nussbaum's visit is sponsored by the new University Center for the Humanities, and Nussbaum is the keynote speaker for the center's first-year series, "Placing the Humanities at the Center." A series of workshops continue through March.

The WMU Center for the Study of Ethics in Society is sponsoring an informal discussion of "Not for Profit" Friday, Jan. 21, at noon in the Bernard Center Cafeteria for interested faculty and students in preparation for Nussbaum's visit.

For more information, contact Dr. Katherine Joslin, director of the University Center for the Humanities, at katherine.joslin@wmich.edu or (269) 387-2599.

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Media contact: Deanne Puca, (269) 387-8400, deanne.puca@wmich.edu

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